Riceviamo dai nostri Soci attivi Dott. Marco Mascitti e Prof.ssa Giuseppina Campisi comunicazione sull’avvio di uno Special Issue intitolato: Dental Public Health: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities – di cui i nostri Soci sono Guest Editors – presso la rivista International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN: 1660-4601, I.F. 2,468)

In questa pagina troverete tutte le info relative allo Special Issue e alla sottomissione degli abstract https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph/special_issues/dental_public_health#editors

Di seguito la comunicazione del Dr. Marco Mascitti e della Prof.ssa Giuseppina Campisi:

Dear Colleagues,

The aging of the global population is one of the challenges that dentistry must face in the 21st century, with important implications for health and society. The presence of several medical and dental conditions simultaneously impacts the oral health status of older adults; this is even more true now with the Covid-19 pandemic that has impacted the world. Furthermore, other factors like psychological, cognitive, and social conditions can further worsen the quality of life of these patients. The scientific community has questioned the traditional medical approach centered on the disease and is paying increasing attention to the patient’s involvement in the diagnosis and treatment process, starting from the narrative interview, understood as different from the traditional anamnesis and able to detect the patient’s universe.

In addition to oral health management in older adults, Public Dentistry must also face other issues, such as oral cancer, potentially malignant disorders, and adverse drug reactions such as mucositis and medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ), an emerging adverse drug reaction characterized by the progressive destruction and death of maxillary and mandibular bones.

In recent years, technological advances have led to the development of “Telehealth”, defined as the distribution of health-related services via electronic information and telecommunication technologies. The application of this new approach in the field of Public Dentistry, also called “Teledentistry”, can be used to assist general dentists and improve services to underserved populations. Nevertheless, technological and therapeutic advances are insufficient on their own. Indeed, the increasingly obvious limits found in the approach of the current health care systems “focused on illness” require a radical rethinking by health professionals, in approach and methodology. For this reason, a new paradigm “focuses on patients” with the aim of reducing inadequate medical practices to ensure more accurate diagnoses and avoid the waste of limited resources.

For this Special Issue we invite submissions in every field of research on Public Dentistry. The topics may include (but are not limited to):

• Applied epidemiology of oral diseases;

• Dental health practice and impact (clinical, social);

• Oral health promotion and disease prevention;

• Public health programs/interventions;

• Narrative dentistry and team management;

• New approaches and technologies in Public Dentistry;

• Dental Public Health: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities;

• COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 Dental emergency and issues around.